Apple iPad Pro (M1) Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
In this head-to-head comparison, we look at the differences between Apple’s new iPad Pro with the M1 chip and Samsung’s latest 2-in-1 Android tablet.
Without a doubt, Apple’s move to bring its M1 processor to the new iPad Pro is a huge deal. For years Apple has touted the iPad Pro as a potential laptop replacement—and now, the 2-in-1 tablet will actually run a laptop processor thanks to the inclusion of the M1. The Apple-developed chip has already appeared in Macs including the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and now is even coming to the iMac. But Apple’s new iPad Pro is not alone among powerful 2-in-1 tablets on the market right now. And if you’re more inclined to use an Android tablet, you might want to check out one of Samsung’s latest offerings—the Galaxy Tab S7. Like the iPad Pro, the tablet comes in two sizes, with the larger size known as the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. Along with strong performance and a choice of sizes, other similarities between the Galaxy Tab S7 and Apple’s new iPad Pro include 5G connectivity and support for an enhanced keyboard and stylus.
Which of the two tablets is the better fit for you? In the following slides, we compare Apple’s new iPad Pro (M1) vs Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 on price, features and specs.
Apple’s new iPad Pro offers two display sizes, with the smaller model featuring an 11-inch display. The display on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 also measures 11 inches. For the larger models, the iPad Pro display reaches 12.9 inches, while the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is not quite as large at 12.4 inches.
Both displays offer vibrant and colorful image quality, though only the Samsung tablets offer OLED displays. Apple sticks with LCD, but does upgrade the iPad Pro display technology on the 12.9-inch model. The larger model offers what Apple is calling its Liquid Retina XDR display, which makes use of mini-LED technology; the technology includes 10,000 LEDs to create a more-realistic visual experience, Apple said. The brightness on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro can reach up to 1,000 nits for full screen, and up to 1,600 nits for peak brightness. Maximum brightness on the 11-inch iPad Pro is 600 nits. The iPad Pro models both include resolution of 264 pixels per inch (ppi).
For the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus, resolution is similar at 276 ppi and 266 ppi, respectively. The tablets offer high brightness at 500 nits, though not quite as high as the iPad Pro brightness. Both the iPad Pro and Galaxy Tab S7 also offer a 120hz refresh rate for smoother display motion. All in all, users should not be disappointed with the display quality on either tablet as both offer some of the very best display technologies available in 2021.